Hi --- I am posting on this forum because I need help and I could not think of better people to consult on this issue than all of you ... Here is the problem; I have been a vegetarian (not fully vegan yet for reasons to follow) for about six years now. In the beginning, I was feeling fine, I had plenty of energy and was at a healthy weight. However, lately I have been exhausted approaching mid day and will sometimes wake up around ten a.m only to take a nap around 2p.m until about 6ish. This can't be healthy - I am only 23 years old. I have had no major change in my diet, I only feel that I do not get enough energy, let me rephrase that - I am extremely low on energy. I have never carefully calculated my nutritional intake, I have no idea how much (protein, calories, etc) I should have per day. I have also started gaining weight (obviously due to my slow metabolism lately) although I am active on a fairly daily basis (hiking, swimming, running ...). Maybe someone could list things that are 'Essential to A Vegetarians Diet' or 'Things All Vegetarians Must Have in the Kitchen' ... please don't send me on a crusade to find some strange plant that only one health food store in the northern hemisphere carries - if you know what i mean ... ok, thats all .... please help! I want my days back.